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A: A Patron is a caretaker of the fantasy realm we know as Elfwood. Patrons support Elfwood with a small yearly amount and in return gets some extra features.All moderators are also given Patron status, and we have the right to give away Patron status as the prize for competitions.
A: Over the years, many members and visitors have supported Elfwood and helped creating Elfwood as we know it today by donating money to our project. These are the people we know as Donors. They will continue to have the Donor icon besides their names. Any expired Patron will also be referred to, for all time, as an Elfwood donor.
A: Because you love fantasy and science fiction and meet your friends at Elfwood frequently. You will also get access to a premium set of additional features, for example, if you take pride in your personalized icon you will love the fact that you can make an animated version if you are a Patron. Last, but not least, you wish to help Elfwood to grow and develop and continue to be the fantastic place it is today.
A: There are many ways to see that. Elfwood Patrons have a special Patron logo icon next to their name in their gallery, profile, comments etcetera. They also have the opportunity to design their own animated smiley that is used widely throughout the Woods. At most places in Elfwood, their name will also be decorated by glitterdust.
A: Everything comes to an end, and so does the Patron period. But do not despair. After one year, you can renew your Patron membership to continue to support Elfwood. And by then we might have new features in store for our Patrons.
A: You buy a time limited status as an Elfwood Patron. Most important, you make it possible to keep Elfwood alive and to develop our community. But we have also prepared a number of extra features for our Patrons.
A: Sorry, but that will not be possible. We would need more resources to handle refunds and as transferring money has a cost, much of the amount would disappear anyway. Instead we aim at making the Patron membership so good that nobody will regret their upgrade. If there was some major mistake, and you donated a very large amount (for example, in error), we will of course assist with help.
A: The system is automated, and no manual steps are (usually) involved in the process. This means that you will see your Patron status at Elfwood after just some hours. If it takes more than a day, maybe some error occured. (We have implemented a way to speed up the web site, normally known as 'caches', that reduce the database load. The caches for Patrons are updated every 12th hour, so it means that in the worst case - this process takes 12 hours)
A: Yes and no. Elfwood was in the beginning of this year formally registered as a Swedish company and we also started with advertising and other commercial activities on the site in late 2007. So per definition, we guess we are no longer non-profit. These changes were made for the good of Elfwood and to ensure a bright future and to cover our hosting costs. There are no employees in Elfwood (Unless you count Thomas, but he isn't working day time at Elfwood anyway) and the money earned on advertising, etc is used to pay for servers, hosting etcetera. They also cover the cost when we need help from external developers to build new things at Elfwood or maintain what we have. So far, all money earned, and then some more, has been re-invested in Elfwood. So even if we no longer are non-profit, our interest is still to work for the good of the fantasy and sci-fi community.
A: The money will land in the bank account of Elfwood AB. (An 'AB' in sweden is an incorporated company) They will be used for covering cost for hosting, maintenance and further development. But we also hope that we will earn enough money to arrange competitions and activities like Elfwood User Meetings and maybe have Elfwood present at conventions. They money is handled and formally controlled by a registered company (Elfwood AB - i.e. real accountants, CEO, etc) and doesn't end up in the pockets of any slacker :-)
A: Just stopping by to enjoy Elfwood is flattering enough for us. And if you draw or write, submitting your material at Elfwood is a great support (And also free of charge). Inviting your friends and family to enjoy our community is also a great support. You may also help us by helping us moderate our content , all moderators automatically get (free of charge) Patron status and can benefit from all features associated with it as long as they are Moderators.
A: Yes. As long as they work for Elfwood as Moderators, they will enjoy the Patron status for free. When they leave their moderator assignment, they will have a 90 days extra of Patron status, but then its automatically removed.
A: Yes, in a limited way. They may set the Patron status for their own, additional user accounts for personal use only, only as long as they are moderators. After maximum 90 days after resigning as a moderator, all Patron status for any user account associated with the former moderators must be remove; and downgraded to a 'donor' status or less.
A: Unfortunately we cannot give away Patron status to everyone that asks. But there are other ways! Throughout the year, we will run different competitions where the prize list includes Patron membership. And our hardworking moderators get Patron status as well. Why don't you sign up to become a moderator and help Elfwood that way?
A: If you donated some years ago, we will make sure you have the 'donor' status. We still keep the option open, though, to give away patron status to old donors - but no promises :) ... Anyway, send us an email and we will make sure you are correctly marked as a donor.